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Visitors walk past Pokemon characters in Yokohama, near Tokyo, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

This Pokemon game took 9 years to make and it was shut down in a week


Pokémon Uranium NEW Full Game Trailer - Explore Tandor Region!

You might have missed the other insanely popular Pokémon game out right now. Fans of the series spent nearly a decade making a new version of the classic Pokemon games for PCs.

Pokémon Uranium was live for only a week before Nintendo shut it down. After all, it's basically a walking copyright violation. 

That didn't stop it from securing 1.5 million downloads in those 11 days, according to a statement from the creators. 

But in a release posted Saturday, the developers said they wanted to honor Nintendo's "takedown notices," and disabled all official links to download the game (though they acknowledged unofficial links existed). 

Here's the official statement.

But the takedown notices didn't stop the developers from posting instructions to update the game.

That's no surprise. This isn't your average fan mod. Uranium features more than 150 original Pokémon, online battles and Pokémon training, and "dozens of hours" of gameplay in an entirely new world, according to its official site.

Kotaku reports one of the developers, who goes by "Involuntary Twitch," is only 22. This game has been in development for 9 years. That means she started when she was 13. 

It also comes on the heels of another fan remake of a Nintendo classic, "Another Metroid 2 Remake", was taken down a day after its official launch. The fan remake of "Metroid II" was also in development for years, Polygon reports.

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